Thailand Family Adventure
- Hike, bike, kayak, zipline, and more on a journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Learn about Thai culture on a homestay in a local village
- Visit Buddhist temples, take a cooking class, and plant trees
- Enjoy an itinerary specially designed for families
- Continue on a four-day extension kayaking in southern Thailand
Thailand's treasures are exactly the stuff that makes for an unforgettable family vacation. Join REI for a hiking, biking, and paddling adventure from bustling Bangkok to the northern adventure wonderland of Chiang Mai.
Our days are full of action: kayak down the River Kwai, splash in springfed pools, bike among Ayutthaya's temples at dusk, and spend two nights in the jungle at a luxury tented camp. A zip line trip takes us soaring through the rainforest alongside acrobatic gibbons.
Our journey explores the culture of Thailand, too. We visit ancient cities, Buddhist templates, shop for goods at local markets, join an alms-giving ceremony to monks, and try our hand at some Thai cooking. In the Mae Kampong village, we enjoy the hospitality of a homestay. We even have a chance to give back, teaming up with the Trees for Life project to preserve the great forests of the north.
Our ten day adventure ends in Chiang Mai, but for more adventure join us for four days in sunny Southern Thailand as we kayak and swim among the giant limestone cliffs and sandy beaches of Phang Nga Bay. Our Sea Kayaking Phuket Extension is the perfect complement to our northern Thailand adventure.
Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.
Not traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Thailand Multisport trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.
Want to make the most of your stay in Asia? Check out our Angkor Wat extension.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Thailand Family Adventure Itinerary:
Day 1 Welcome to Bangkok. Enjoy a luxury tent camp on the River Kwai.
Day 2 Kayak on the river, then bike through the rainforest.
Day 3 Explore Buddhist temples, boat to Ayutthaya, bike through ancient ruins.
Day 4 Visit an authentic market and explore the Sukhothai.
Day 5 Visit a farm, then see Sri Satchanalia park before arriving in Chiang Mai.
Day 6 Give alms to the monks at Ton Payom market; take a Thai cooking class.
Day 7 Hike to a Karen hill tribe village then visit Watchirathan waterfall.
Day 8 Zip line through the rainforest; learn how villagers farm coffee and tea.
Day 9 Visit hill tribe villages, plant trees, and stay in a hill tribe Lodge.
Day 10 End our journey in Chiang Mai, or join our sea kayaking extension.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available on most departures. Single accommodations are not available for home stay.
All accommodations as noted in itinerary; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; private bi-lingual guides; private ground transport within Thailand; 27-speed touring bikes and bike helmets; canoes and life vests; entrance fees to various parks and temples; zip-lining; Bangkok and Chiang Mai airport transfers when arriving and departing with group.
International airfare to/from Thailand; internal flights in Thailand; two lunches and one dinner; cost of passport; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guides.
This trip is rated Easy Active  with several components ranging to Moderate . It contains a variety of activities. All activity options are suitable for novices. Participants should arrive in good physical condition. A regular exercise regimen consisting of walking, hiking and biking is highly recommended beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure. The better shape you are in, the more you'll be able to enjoy all that the adventure has to offer! No experience is needed for the short kayaking portion of this trip – this paddle is appropriate for novices.
Thailand has a tropical climate. Temperatures in the 70s–90s can be expected during the day with cooler temperatures (50s-60s) at night depending on the season. Temperatures in the northern mountains will typically be 10-20º cooler, especially during the evenings (in the winter months, temperatures can dip in to the low 40s at night). During the summer months, expect evening rain (possibly daytime as well) and hot/humid conditions. July and August will definitely average daytime temperatures in the 80s and highs in the low 90s with high humidity.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Thailand Family Adventure
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.
Flight Weight Restriction: Flights within Thailand on Thai Airways have a weight restriction of 20 kg (approx. 44 pounds).
- Cruiser style bikes / helmet
- Canoes and paddling gear + pfds
- Kayaks and paddling gear (sea kayaking extension only)
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Duffel bag, medium size (wheels and handle are fine)
- Thailand Family (only): approx. 2000 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
- Plus Sea Kayaking extension: approx. 3000 cu in. for above items plus 1 day of clothing during beach camping
- Passport security pouch or belt
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Lightweight, easily washable items for city / evening wear
- Rain jacket / pants or poncho, waterproof / breathable
- Synthetic sweater / jacket (winter trips)
- T-shirts – include 2 synthetics
- Long sleeve, lightweight shirts for sun protection
- Hiking shorts, quick drying
- Hiking pants (zip-off legs are great)
- Underwear (long underwear will be useful for evenings in the village huts during winter departures; light sleepwear for summer departures)
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Cycling shorts
- Sun hat
- Hiking boots, lightweight, water resistant, well broken-in; can be used for biking as well
- Booties / watersport sandals for kayaking (shoes that can get wet)
- Comfortable shoes for evenings and walking
- Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries / bulb (useful for home stay and beach camping)
- 2 water bottle(s), 1-quart each or an equivalent hydration system
- Toilet paper, 1 roll
- Small towel (or regular beach towel for waterfalls and the kayaking extension)
- Baby wipes / hand sanitizer gel
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm with high SPF
- Insect repellent
- Personal first aid kit
- Toiletry kit
- Bandana (handy for many things)
- Camera , memory cards and spare batteries
- Waterproof disposable camera
- Reading and writing materials
- Sleep sheet or sleeping bag liner
- Travel pillow
- Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes with electrolytes
- Several zip-lock plastic bags to separate wet and dry items
- Plastic bags to line daypack / duffel
- Personal snorkel gear (sea kayaking extension only)
- Snorkel gear mesh bag
- Ear plugs (recommended)
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/sandals, camera and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
- Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeved fleece or synthetic top, especially for the cooler evenings in the northern hill country in the winter months.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner socks should be synthetic, not cotton.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes / colors to differentiate contents.
- A pack rain cover or large garbage bags provide good protection for your daypack, should it rain (a possibility especially during the summer months).
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens users should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
- Space for luggage is limited. Pack lightly, fitting all clothing and sleeping bag into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a daypack with an extra pair of shorts, sunscreen, towel or wrap, water bottle / hydration system and camera.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
Thailand Family Adventure
For guests booked on the Thailand Family adventure, we invite you to extend your trip to enjoy the tropical islands and sandy beaches of Southern Thailand.
Activity: Sea kayaking
A flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket brings us to the stunning Andaman Sea. Upon arrival, we are met by a staff member and are transferred from the airport to our hotel which boasts magnificent views and spectacular tropical sunsets. Get ready to spend the next four days in sunny Southern Thailand as we kayak and swim among the giant limestone cliffs and caves, tropical islands and sandy beaches of Phang Nga Bay.
- Kayaking past giant limestone mountains
- Swimming in the warm Andaman Sea
- Camping on a remote private beach
- Hanging out on support boat enjoying the sea breeze and a cold beverage
- Exploring sea caves by kayak and foot
Dec 31 – Jan 3 H
Jan 5–8 H
H = Manadatory holiday supplement applies.
Feb 26 - Mar 1
Jul 29 – Aug 1
Dec 23–26 H
Dec 30 – Jan 2 H
Jan 4–7 H
H = Manadatory holiday supplement applies.
REI member: $1,399
REI member: $1,399
Single supplement: $499
Holiday supplement: $199
$200 discount for kids 8-17 years old (Phuket Extension).
- Total Days: 4
- Group Size: 4-16
- Activity Level:
For those continuing on to the Sea Kayaking Phuket Extension, a flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket brings us to the stunning Andaman Sea. Upon arrival, we are met by a staff member and are transferred from the airport to our hotel which boasts magnificent views and spectacular tropical sunsets over the Andaman Sea. Dinner is on your own.
Note: Internal flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket is not included.
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is free to enjoy Phuket and the sunny southern beaches of Thailand, go for a swim in one of the resort's swimming pools, or visit the Phuket Aquarium. At noon, we are picked up at the hotel and transferred to Ao Por pier where our kayak guide will greet us and provide a water safety briefing aboard our boat. We cruise through Phang Nga Bay while enjoying a light lunch. Then, we take to the water to escape the crowds and explore amazing caves and Hong Island with our paddling guides during the afternoon. We can relax and enjoy the view as our guide powers the boat through the water, or grab a paddle and power the sit-on-top kayak yourself. There are plenty of chances to swim or just relax, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying the serenity of the sea breeze. While waiting for the sunset, our kayaking guide will show us how to make our own Kratong, a traditional Thai floating lantern made of organic materials. Thai belief is that you light the candles in the Kratong and make a wish before setting it onto the water. We'll enjoy a delicious Thai seafood buffet dinner as the sun sets, then cruise back to Hong Island and paddle under the moonlit sky into a cave where we'll launch our Kratong lanterns for an unforgettable moment under the glittering night sky. Returning to our boat we continue on to a private beach campsite on Koh Panak. This is a remote island campsite with no showers or bathrooms and only the sounds of nature and the waves lapping on shore. All meals included.
Vehicle transfer time: 1 hour. Paddling: Optional, 1 to 5 hours depending on each guest's desire or capabilities.
We'll awake early this morning to a full breakfast with fresh brewed coffee in camp for the grown-ups. Beginning the day with an early morning paddle, we'll soak in the tourist-free scenery before the crowds begin arrive. Then we travel by longtail boat to the Krabi side of Phang Nga Bay, filled with amazing limestone mountain scenery. From here, we'll hop back in our kayaks and paddle through more remote islands while enjoying a picnic lunch on the way. After returning to the boat we'll depart for Ao Por in Phuket (or a pre-arranged drop off point at Ao Nang in Krabi with a supplemental fee) and then transfer back to the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner is on your own.
Vehicle transfer time: 1 hour. Paddling: Optional, 1 to 5 hours depending on each guest’s desire or capabilities.
Free at leisure before departure time to Phuket Airport. One group transfer to the airport is provided. Or, extend your stay in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Breakfast included.
If you specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above.
2 nights resort hotel; 1 night beach camping; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bi-lingual guides; 2-person kayaks; motorized support boat; airport transfers when arriving and departing with group.
Internal flights to/from Phuket; two dinners; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; and optional gratuities to your guides
This trip extension is rated Easy Active . You should expect to be in a sea kayak for between one to five hours on two days. Those not wishing to kayak may ride along in the support boat and go swimming. The kayaking is done in protected waters.